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US President Donald Trump is one step closer to filling his cabinet.

The US Senate voted 87-11 to confirm Sonny Perdue, a former governor of the state of Georgia who was nominated by Mr Trump to serve as agriculture secretary.

The position is seen as central to implementing Mr Trump’s protectionist campaign pledges.

Another key seat, the US trade representative, still remains vacant, although Mr Trump has nominated Robert Lighthizer — a renowned trade warrior whose record dates back to the Reagan administration — to fill it. The US Senate’s finance committee is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to advance his nomination to the full Senate for a vote.

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